COVID-19 Fiji: Ministry brings Pfizer vaccine in small batches

School students get registered for their COVID-19 shot. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr Jams Fong says Fiji’s vaccination among children aged 15 to 17 years continues to progress at a reassuring rate.

Dr Fong said also reassuring was seeing that more than 10,500 doses of Pfizer had been deployed over six days despite the many cold chain complexities involved in the Pfizer deployment.

He said while the demand for Pfizer deployment in children had been “extremely encouraging”, he applauded the enthusiasm of parents to get their children protected.

He also urged members of the public to be patient.

“We have deliberately brought in our Pfizer stocks in small batches to ensure we stay within our ultra-cold chain capacity as we learn to adjust to the Pfizer requirements and ensure that the changes we make are sustainable enough to ensure ongoing access to Pfizer for all our children,” Dr Fong said.

“There has also been the limited deployment of Moderna booster doses to all adults over 60 years, to those under 60 years with significant morbidity, and those under 60 in the frontline.”

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